Assistant Director - Primary and Specialty Medicine
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Internal Number: 653318200
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: Progressive leadership experience Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: This position requires a pre-employment physical. Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing or speech may be required. however, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. ["The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. SUMMARY:\nThe Assistant Primary & Specialty Medicine (PSM) Director supports the department through direct management and oversight of clinical and administrative operations within the service line and works closely with the Director of PSM. Incumbent will work up to 90% administrative and may be expected to perform clinical duties in an outpatient setting. Incumbent will have direct/indirect supervision of physicians and mid-level providers at the St Cloud VA Health Care System and it's CBOCs in Alexandria, Brainerd or Montevideo. Duties include the following and is not limited: Coordinates work schedules and responsibility for clinical performance measures\nOptimizes resources in the care delivery model within the service line and facility\nParticipates in local administrative, management, quality assurance and other assignments/meetings or committees\nEnsures operational issues/problems are resolved timely, logically and with clear resolution\nWorks effectively within a team environment\nExceptional flexibility/adaptability at managing multiple administrative and/or clinical tasks\nDemonstrates creativity and innovative decisions in operations\nActively participates in performance improvement activities, Strategic Planning and regularly scheduled staff meetings\nFacilitates communication amongst staff and leadership both within VA and it's external partners\nMaintains functional statements/position descriptions\nEstablishes/manages/conducts/communicates Service Line Pay for Performance program for physicians\nWorks closely with Human Resources to support positive and negative employee actions\nOversees work schedules to ensure adequate coverage given planned leave and contingency plan for unexpected absences\nReviews, interprets and effectively uses performance reports, benchmark data, budget cost and staffing for decision making/recommendations\nMonitors and addresses open encounters, consult management/resolution, documentation/notes and other areas for process improvements\nReviews/performs/provides duties and responsibilities of an internal medicine or family practice physician\nInterprets and supports the VISN mission, vision and values in accordance with VHA, VISN and facility policies.\nAdheres Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules and Regulations.\nProvides accurate, concise and timely documentation of care in the electronic medical record - Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS)\nPatient-centered, compassionate, appropriate and effective care\nDemonstrates knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, social sciences and apply to setting\nUtilizes scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate and improve patient care\nDemonstrates interpersonal and communication skills to establish and maintain professional relationships\nCommits to continuous professional development, ethical practice and sensitivity to diversity\nOrientation rotations for program trainees (to include residents and students)\nContinuing education is maintained for all staff\nBuilds and environment where research is valued Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 0800-1630; 80 hours per pay period (every two weeks) VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards.\nRecruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Eligible\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Eligible\nEDRP Authorized: Contact the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance at VHAVISN23EDRP@va.gov\nPay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: Only 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.